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Mayfest returns Thursday; here’s what to know

Festivalgoers have a snack at Mayfest in Trinity Park in Fort Worth in 2013.
Festivalgoers have a snack at Mayfest in Trinity Park in Fort Worth in 2013. Star-Telegram archives

Mayfest begins Thursday. Any lingering questions about whether it’s really springtime yet?

Gentle and jolly merriment is always a signature feature of the fest, with stilt walkers, a human maze, rock climbing, fishing and a zip line. Retrievers will demonstrate their doggy prowess in exhibitions. A carousel and Ferris wheel will transport families back to a simpler time in entertainment. And don’t forget the paddleboats on the Trinity River.

The Student Art Contest and awards ceremony takes place Sunday at the Arts Stage.

A look at what else is in store:

▪ Music: More than 40 groups will perform on three stages over the course of the weekend (including Brave Combo on Friday night and Eagles and Beatles tribute bands on Saturday night.

▪ Eats: Judging for the Best of the Fest Food Vendor contest will be Thursday afternoon, and winners can claim their bragging rights all weekend as guests sample festival food.

▪ Crafts: Find some great items for Mother’s Day or birthdays at the Art and Gift Market, where 60 vendors will be showing their creations.

▪ Kids: Children will have fun and get dirty at the Trinity Park playground while partaking of bounce houses, a sand pile, face-painting and a petting zoo.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

Twitter: @shirljinkins

If you go

Mayfest runs Thursday through Sunday at Trinity Park off University Drive and Interstate 30 in Fort Worth.

▪ Hours: 3:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

▪ Tickets: $8 for ages 13 and over; $5 for ages 3-12; free for 2 and under.

▪ Seniors 60 and older: free Thursday; $5 Friday through Sunday.

▪ Military: Free for active or retired military personnel, veterans with ID, dependents and up to five family members.

▪ Friends-family pass (for five people): $25

▪ Parking: $10 per car at Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive; free at LaGrave Field, Sixth and Calhoun streets, with shuttle buses to the Mayfest site.

▪ www.mayfest.org

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